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trademark violation?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by spappa, Jan 22, 2016.

  1. spappa

    spappa Regular Member

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    Is using a product/brand name that is trademarked in a domain name a trademark violation in the following 2 examples:

    1) acerlaptops.com

    2) acerlaptopreviews.com
     
  2. cleverdodo

    cleverdodo Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Absolutely, but you are safe till they care to sue you.
    Summary, good for short term projects :)
     
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    umerjutt00 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Yes it is a trademark violation but it depends if they want to sue you or not.
     
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  4. spappa

    spappa Regular Member

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    I could understand the "acerlaptops.com" example would infringe trademark but I'm very surprised with the "acerlaptopreviews.com" example.
     
  5. Rich77ard

    Rich77ard Registered Member Premium Member

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    Yes it definitely is, and I believe they can attempt to sue you for estimated past earnings through the use of their trademark as well.
     
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    UptonGoodwin Power Member

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    You're better off in just about every circumstance to just use laptopreviews than using a brand name in your actual domain name. It can work for you in the short term, but if you start making reasonable money and your site ends up rising in the SERPs, they will absolutely come after you to protect their trademark.

    And while having an exact match domain used to be a big factor in SEO, now a days Google gives it far less value in your sites actual ranking. Better to just use the laptopreviews.com example, and focus on really good SEO and targeting Acer Laptop Reviews on your sites SEO.
     
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  7. spappa

    spappa Regular Member

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    How would they even find it if it wasn't ranking in the top few serps spots?

    Do big companies like acer check every domain registered once a week or something like that? Is that even possible?
     
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    Yes it is. I would not even bother with it.
     
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    They can send a C&D letter and make you hand over the domain, handing over all your hard work in the process.

    Better get something you can keep long term.